RO­MAN­TIC ES­CAPES

Ja­maica, Las Ve­gas and Turks and Caicos are just a few of the hot spots head­lin­ing our hon­ey­moon wan­der­lust list!

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Ja­maica, Las Ve­gas, and Turks and Caicos are just a few of the hot spots head­lin­ing our hon­ey­moon wan­der­lust list.

JA­MAICA

For a hon­ey­moon of­fer­ing lux­ury, su­per-chill­ness and ro­mance, con­sider Ja­maica’s Mon­tego Bay. To get the full red car­pet treat­ment, stay at San­dals Royal Caribbean. You will be met at the air­port and driven via lux­ury pri­vate trans­fer to this deluxe all-in­clu­sive re­sort, where a per­sonal but­ler will whisk you via an exclusive boat jaunt to the off­shore pri­vate is­land San­dals Cay and en­sconce you in the pala­tial en­vi­rons of an Over-the-Wa­ter Villa. These five new Tahi­tian-style pri­vate par­adises were de­signed us­ing Feng Shui, and each is an op­u­lent, har­mo­nious ex­pres­sion of a dif­fer­ent nat­u­ral el­e­ment: wood, wa­ter, fire, earth or metal.

In­doors and out blend seam­lessly thanks to trans­par­ent glass floor pan­els and ex­pan­sive glass doors through­out the uber-spa­cious villa (well over 1000 square feet), which sits perched above the wa­ter. The ocean is lit­er­ally your front yard, just a few steps off your deck down the pri­vate stair­case.—Kate Yorga

ANTIGUA

It’s hard to be any­thing but re­laxed in Antigua. The largest English-speak­ing is­land within the east­ern Caribbean’s Lee­ward Is­lands is known for its mel­low vibes, friendly peo­ple, beau­ti­ful un­crowded beaches and near-per­fect weather year-round.

Charm­ing bou­tique ho­tels abound in Antigua, but none com­pare to Cur­tain Bluff. This un­pre­ten­tious allinclu­sive five-star re­sort on the is­land’s south coast, a favourite hide­away of Keith Richards and Eric Clap­ton, fea­tures flaw­less ocean views from ev­ery room and suite. The property (un­der the same own­er­ship and man­age­ment since open­ing in 1962), is like a lux­u­ri­ous sum­mer camp for adults. And with a full-ser­vice spa, gourmet food, top-shelf bar drinks—the dark ‘n’ stormy cock­tail crafted with lo­cal rum and home­made gin­ger beer is es­pe­cially pop­u­lar—as well as com­pli­men­tary snor­kel­ing trips, tennis in­struc­tion, yoga and pi­lates classes, wa­ter sports, and a lo­ca­tion that spans two ham­mock-lined beach­fronts, it’s no sur­prise that many guests re­turn year af­ter year.

With all that Cur­tain Bluff has to of­fer, it’s cer­tainly not nec­es­sary to leave the property, but if you do, there’s plenty to keep you busy. Ven­ture to Antigua’s east coast to visit St­ingray City, a shal­low area just off shore where you can swim with and feed these majestic fish, and for an au­then­tic taste of An­tiguan life, the Sun­day bar­be­cue party in Shirley Heights is not to be missed. This weekly celebration fea­tur­ing lo­cal food and steel band mu­sic has been an An­tiguan in­sti­tu­tion for more than 30 years.—Jen O’Brien

CAL­I­FOR­NIA

There’s nowhere on earth quite like SoCal … the breezy ocean vis­tas, chill vibes and the flaw­less weather make this des­ti­na­tion pos­i­tively utopic. For an exclusive hon­ey­moon lo­cale that’s pri­vate, in­ti­mate and oh-so-luxe, head 30 min­utes north of San Diego to Ran­cho Va­len­cia in Ran­cho Santa Fe. South­ern Cal­i­for­nia’s only Re­lais and Chateaux re­sort will spoil you with in­cred­i­ble food, lush Mediter­ranean gar­den vis­tas (olive and cit­rus trees abound on the property’s 45 acres) and swish ac­com­mo­da­tions.

The five-star Forbes-rated re­sort, which re­peat­edly tops travel best lists, is to­tally plush. There are 49 spa­cious and luxe ha­cienda-style ca­sita suites on the property, com­plete with fire­places, pri­vate pa­tios and plunge pools. Ran­cho is renowned for its in­cred­i­ble spa. Set ad­mist lush gar­dens guar­an­teed to soothe the soul, the spa menu here is ex­ten­sive and fo­cused on restor­ing bal­ance and well­ness. You can even get your sweat on in one of three stu­dios of­fer­ing fit­ness, pi­lates and yoga.

An­other part of post-wed­ding re­ju­ve­na­tion is eat­ing well, and the culi­nary team at Ran­cho Va­len­cia will take care of that. With a wealth of fresh lo­cal pro­duce at the ready, all of the property’s eater­ies (Velodora, The Pony Room and Rein) have in­cred­i­ble Cal­i­for­nia-cool food and bev­er­age menus. Ru­moured to be a hide­away that celebs in­clud­ing Robert Red­ford and the Clin­tons adore, Ran­cho de­liv­ers noth­ing but the best travel ex­pe­ri­ence, which is ex­actly what you want for your hon­ey­moon.—Ali­son McGill

TURKS AND CAICOS

Turks and Caicos has de­vel­oped a rep­u­ta­tion as the ul­ti­mate place to kick back and re­lax. Serene Grace Bay on the is­land of Prov­i­den­ciales is re­peat­edly crowned one of the world’s best beaches—there are few bet­ter places to em­brace the art of do­ing noth­ing. How­ever, spend­ing your en­tire hon­ey­moon in Turks and Caicos in the chill zone would mean miss­ing out on the amaz­ing things on of­fer in these 40 is­lands and cays.

A horse­back ride with Provo Ponies al­lows new­ly­weds to prance out into the clear turquoise wa­ters of Long Bay Beach while snap­ping swoon-wor­thy Insta pho­tos. Vol­un­tourism op­por­tu­ni­ties abound at Pot­cake Place K9 Res­cue, which en­cour­ages vis­i­tors to walk its shel­ter dogs on the beach. The weekly fish fry in Prov­i­den­ciales is a must, bring­ing to­gether lo­cals and tourists for a night of mu­sic, danc­ing and street food. You’ll also want to take a sun­set cruise to the area’s hid­den beaches aboard Sun Char­ters’ Atabeyra, which in­volves snor­kel­ing in se­cluded coves and sail­ing, cock­tail in hand, past the pri­vate is­land where Kylie Jen­ner cel­e­brated her 19th birth­day.

Our favourite place to stay is at Ocean Club West, where you can score a lux­u­ri­ous ocean­view suite with all the ameni­ties of a mod­ern condo for just a few hun­dred dol­lars per night. The re­sort, one of two Ocean Club prop­er­ties on the same post­card-per­fect stretch of sand, boasts a prime beach­front lo­ca­tion on Grace Bay, a gi­ant fresh­wa­ter pool, tennis courts, a fit­ness cen­tre, a re­vamped open-air res­tau­rant with Mo­ri­mo­to­trained sushi chefs, as well as com­pli­men­tary kayaks, pad­dle­boards and bi­cy­cles for ex­plor­ing the sur­round­ing area.—Jen O’Brien

Sin city is many things, but did you know it’s one of the world’s most lux­u­ri­ous spots to hon­ey­moon? With a wealth of lux­ury ho­tels, spas and restau­rants at your fin­ger­tips, Las Ve­gas is the per­fect spot for rest, re­lax­ation and ro­mance (yes, re­ally!). For a chic and sweet bou­tique sleep tucked away in the heart of the ac­tion, check into Nobu Ho­tel, which is lo­cated in­side Cae­sars Palace. The vibe here is se­ri­ously Zen, quiet and serene—there are only 182 rooms, all fea­tur­ing an or­ganic, Ja­panese decor style. A must while in-house is in­dulging in the world-renowned Nobu menu avail­able to you via 24-hour room ser­vice.

While we’re talk­ing food, there are many in­dul­gent foodie ex­pe­ri­ences in Ve­gas—fit­ting them all in will be your chal­lenge. Res­tau­rant Guy Savoy at Cae­sars Palace de­liv­ers the French culi­nary ex­pe­ri­ence of a life­time in the hautest of din­ing rooms. Bring an ap­petite be­cause we guar­an­tee the gourmet, multi-course feast will be one of your best meals ever. Other must dines in­clude Gi­ada Ve­gas—the first resto by celebrity chef Gi­ada de Lau­ren­tiis—which is bright, bustling and serves in­cred­i­ble Italian fare, es­pe­cially its epic brunch; and Mizumi at Wynn, which serves the most de­li­cious and in­spired Ja­panese cui­sine on the strip. Book the pagoda ta­ble for the ul­ti­mate ro­man­tic din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

An­other way to in­dulge is at the spa and Ve­gas is home to some of the best and the big­gest. Two of our picks are the Qua Spa & Baths at Cae­sars (try the Nobu Zen mas­sage to com­ple­ment your ho­tel stay) and The Spa at En­core—the 24K Gold Fa­cial is the per­fect treat­ment, as it’s a match for the spa’s op­u­lent and in­cred­i­bly over-the-top in­te­rior.

Other favourite hon­ey­moon musts on our list in­clude some up­scale re­tail ther­apy at the Shops at Crys­tals; a night­time tour of the Neon Bone­yard Mu­seum to see a his­toric and cool col­lec­tion of vin­tage Ve­gas signs; tour­ing the LINQ Prom­e­nade en­ter­tain­ment area and tak­ing a spin on the High Roller, the 550-foot tall ob­ser­va­tion wheel.—Ali­son McGill

Edi­tor

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En­joy stun­ning Caribbean sun­sets from Cur­tain Bluff’s se­cluded beach­front.

The adults-only pool at the spa is ab­suloute seren­ity.

Take a yoga class on Cur­tain Bluff’s open-air deck over­look­ing the sea.

Al fresco din­ing and drinks at the Pony Room.

From sail­ing to wa­ter­ski­ing, you’ll have plenty to do at Cur­tain Bluff.

En­joy the sweet­est sleep.

En­joy sea­side din­ing at its best at Ocean Club West’s Solana res­tau­rant.

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Pen­cil in some down time to­gether in Ocean Club West’s ham­mock lounger.

There are few bet­ter places for a beach day than Grace Bay.

Suites at Ocean Club West of­fer all the com­forts of home.

Provo Ponies of­fers the op­por­tu­nity to ride a steed into the sea.

Da Conch Shack serves up its name­sake shell­fish di­rectly from the ocean.

For more amaz­ing Ve­gas wed­ding, hon­ey­moon and bach­e­lorette ideas, check out our las Ve­gas traVel guide at wed­ding­bells.ca/ lasVe­gas Mizumi’s in­cred­i­ble pagoda ta­ble is the most ro­man­tic seat in the house.

The High Roller lights up the LINQ Prom­e­nade.

Din­ing at Gi­ada Ve­gas is a must!

The Nobu Ho­tel at Cae­sars Palace is Sin City’s ul­ti­mate lux­ury re­treat.

Qua Spa at Cae­sars Palace is ul­tra-Zen.

The Neon Bone­yard Mu­seum

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